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Dharker turns down British poet laureateship

In the UK, poet Imtiaz Dharker has turned down the British poet laureateship, reports the Guardian.

‘I had to weigh the privacy I need to write poems against the demands of a public role. The poems won,’ said Dharker. ‘It was a huge honour to be considered for the role of poet laureate and I have been overwhelmed by the messages of support and encouragement from all over the world.’

It was reported in the British press that Dharker was due to be announced as laureate this month. However, the Guardian reports that no formal offer has been made or accepted by any candidate and the selection process, led by a panel convened by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, is still underway.

The public-facing role carries an annual £5750 (A$10,770) stipend and a ‘butt of sack’, the equivalent of about 600 of sherry. The current poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, was appointed to the role in 2009.


Category: International news